Northumberland County Forest Snowshoe Trail reopens after usage agreement

Motorized trails in the Northumberland County Forest will reopen to snowmobiles for the 2021/2022 season, the county announced Thursday.

The 47 kilometers of trails 20 kilometers north of Cobourg through an agreement between the County of Northumberland and the Great Pine Ridge Snowmobile Association also help maintain forest trails and the 200 kilometers of trails from Bewdley to Warkworth, north. Port Hope.

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After a period of closure during the 2020/21 season while an updated deal is being discussed, the county said a deal has now been finalized, with terms for seasons through the end of March 2026 ( a two-year agreement through March 31, 2023, with the option to extend for a further three years).

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Both parties have agreed to county land use provisions for ski activities, such as standards for trail and signage maintenance, volunteer management, and insurance requirements. This includes enhanced liability protections for County and Northumberland taxpayers.

“The County Forest is an important space for outdoor recreation in our community,” said county superintendent Bob Crate.

“We’re excited to welcome sleds back into the woods in time this season and look forward to seeing them on our 47km motor trails and patronizing local businesses. in the surrounding communities. We appreciate the partnership with the GPRSA and the Ontario Snowmobile Club Federation to define mutually agreed terms to get snowmobile riders back on the trail with a possible level of liability risk. acceptable to Northumberland taxpayers. ”

At the end of March 2026, the deal will be evaluated by both parties.

For more information on ski trails and other recreational opportunities in the Northumberland County Forest, visit trails.

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